How to Draw a Tarantula

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Tarantula in 8 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Tarantula.

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How to Draw a Tarantula - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start by drawing the head. It looks like an oval that is flat on the bottom. Leave a small space on the right side for one of the legs.

Step 2: Next, draw in the two antennae in the front and give them a little detail by drawing several lines going up and down the antennae.

Step 3: Next, draw some more details on the tarantula's head. Draw the two fangs, which are rounded at the bottom and shorter than the antennae.

Step 4: Now draw the first and second legs. These legs are very long and point forward. Don't forget to add the lines for detail.

Step 5: Draw the third and fourth legs coming out of the middle of the head. These legs point out toward the sides of the tarantula.

Step 6: Now draw the fifth and sixth legs. These ones are more curved and point toward the back of the spider.

Step 7: Now draw the last pair of legs. These ones should look just like the fifth and sixth legs.

Step 8: For your last step, draw the tarantula's body. The body looks like a big oval and is longer than the head. When you’ve finished, you can color your tarantula. They can be many different colors—some are black, while others are very bright!

Interesting Facts about Tarantulas

Tarantulas are spiders with eight hairy legs. There are about 700 species of tarantulas. They can be found in Central and South America, and the southern region of North America. They also inhabit Africa. They live in desert or tropical regions.

Did you know?

  • Tarantulas have the ability to turn their prey’s body into a liquid so that they can suck them up through their mouth, which is like a straw.
  • Tarantulas are carnivores. They usually eat insects, but some species also prey on larger animals like lizards and frogs.
  • In the wild, the average lifespan of a tarantula is 30 years old.
  • The tarantula’s body can be as long as 5 inches. Their leg span can be up to 12 inches long from the end of the back leg to the end of the front leg.
  • Tarantulas use their fangs to dig burrows in the ground, which is where they live.
  • Tarantulas do not spin webs. Instead, they use their silk to make “doors” for the entryways of their burrows.

People keep tarantulas as pets. In some countries, people also eat tarantulas. Some species of tarantulas are endangered because of the pet trade and destruction of their natural habitats.

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